Police Investigate Report of Vandalism Inside Former Teen Center Downtown

New Canaan Police have confirmed that they’re investigating a report of vandalism at the former Outback Teen Center building downtown.

Walls appeared to have been damaged by billiards balls through the sheetrock inside the disused structure, according to Lt. Jason Ferraro, public information officer with the New Canaan Police Department.

The investigation remains open, he confirmed.

Public works officials say it isn’t clear how the perpetrators got inside the building. The Outback appeared to be fine on April 28 and the vandalism was discovered May 3, public works officials said.

In addition to the damage to walls inside by thrown billiards balls—the teen center’s operators left furniture and other items inside last summer when the town took over ownership of the structure—officials found broken furniture and garbage strewn about inside the Outback, public works officials said.

No damage appears to have been done to the building’s exterior, they said.

Municipal officials have asked since last July, when ownership of the Outback reverted to the town, just how the building should be used, if at all.

It’s one of more than 44 town-owned buildings that recently appointed committee is studying, with an eye on making recommendations about capital needs and future use, including whether some of those buildings should be offloaded. The Town Building Evaluation and Use Committee plans to submit its report in September.

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